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Since the night of Sunday Federico Fico Gutierrez had been the most solid choice for Colombia’s presidency. Although it’s not the first time his name is on election cards – he served as an elected Medellin mayor and councilor – it was his first run to run for president in a national election. With over two million votes in the Team for Colombia coalition alliance they see him as an attractive candidate for conservative groups and those who are concerned about the leftist presidency. Fico (47 years aged Medellin) is at this time, Gustavo Petro’s principal opponent. Gustavo Petro was with the Historic Pact Movement one of the candidates who won the elections that determined were the leaders of the three biggest political forces were.

The presidential election has only begun. If Medellin’s former city mayor can be the true opposition to petrismo is dependent on the alliances he creates and the negotiations which he engages in. He will not only need to bring all right-wingers under his banner, but will also have to conquer an element of the centrist electorate that appeared to be demoralized and lacking leadership. To accomplish this, he’ll have to keep from appearing in the same picture as Alvaro Umribe. This is what has been his strategy to date. For in 20 years, the public support for uribism, instead of adding, could subtract. ” faces a dilemma. is required to be a part of the Democratic Center, Uribe’s political party. But, he has to convince the center that it is going to determine where it will go,” Yann Basset (an analyst and professor at the University of Rosario) says.

Fico is on the way to an alliance, with the CD, the heart of uribism as of Monday Fico is already preparing for its first victory. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga (the former presidential candidate) stepped aside and acknowledged his limited chances of competing with him. He expressed his support. It will be interesting to see if the entire group who is without a representative, follows his example. Particularly, in the event that Uribe gives his support openly and try to convince his voters with the traditional issues of the Colombian right, which is not that difficult for him. His speech of “security”, “order”, “opportunities” and “love of the fatherland” already demonstrated that he adds votes. This past Sunday, he confirmed this at the election consultation. This was done before while he was in Antioquia as mayor. “The bandits in jail or in graves”” Fico said when he visited Arauca which is one of the areas that is particularly affected by violence. Fico knows what Colombian rights like but it’s not enough.

Basset points out, “We aren’t in 2018 in which the fear of being left-wing did well.” Basset stresses that Fico may not be able to get Uribe’s blessing, because Alvaro Uribe has not been able to claim the title of leader absolute from 2002, when the nation chose him as president. The votes of Uribismo are still important to Gutierrez. Uribism was a factor in the success [in the coalition]. Basset warns “Now his ability as an negotiator in winning the coalition] will be measured: to convince right, and not to invest all on this alliance.” In relation to this alliance between former President Uribe and Fico, the expert Andres Mejia Vergnaud explains “the biggest problem for Federico Gutierrez is that he wants the votes of Uribismo but not the photo with Uribe because it does not make sense for him to be his candidate”.

Gustavo Petro is the only leader from the left, but Gustavo Petro is the only one on the right. Fico, if he can reach a consensus, will convince him to give his backing and then step aside. Rodolfo Sanchez, who ran independently, is still in the running. Gutierrez should include the achievements of the former mayor of Bucaramanga and billionaire builder, Rodolfo Hernandez, if he is to fight petrismo.

Gutierrez will have a lot to talk about before thinking about formulas for the presidency. But, what Gutierrez does have is the trust and cooperation of other candidates on the Team for Colombia presidency. This isn’t a small number. Two ex-mayors Enrique Penalosa (Bogota), Alex Char (Barranquilla) as his companions; David Barguil (leader of the Conservative Party); and Aydee Zarazo (a Christian party member who votes according to church orders.

Along with the strengthened Conservative Party, it was the most popular right-wing party in Congress with over two million votes. The U Party also supported it with a stunning turnout of less than 1 million votes. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga backed Fico. Zuluaga did not wait for Sunday’s results to declare his defeat. Alvaro Uribe (ex-President) summoned his party to a gathering on Monday, to see what the possibility is that Fico is willing to risk his chance of gaining a seat in the center in exchange for being publicly blessed by Uribe.